‘Queer Eye’ Star Karamo Brown Defends Jussie Smollett Amid New Indictment

Karamo Brown refuses to turn his back on friend Jussie Smollett.

While appearing on Thursday’s episode of “The Real” with “The Thing About Harry” co-star Jake Borelli, Brown was asked about the former “Empire” actor’s new charges for allegedly staging his January 2019 hate crime.

In response, the “Queer Eye” star defended Smollett as he believes “the truth will come out.”

“I think there’s a lot of discrepancies, you know,” the Netflix personality exclaimed. “The media has put out a lot of stuff, and I actually, when they opened up the case, read it, and I was like, ‘Things are not adding up here,’ and I think, as we know, in our legal system... they like to treat black people, people of color, women, gay people, very badly. And so, I’m not quick to jump to judgment, and I still am gonna stand by my friend. I believe that the truth will come out.”

The "Real World: Philadelphia” alum also urges everyone to be well-informed about Smollett’s case, and to not be swayed by buzzy headlines.

“And I think we all need to do our own due diligence and read and pay more attention,” the 39-year-old added. “Because if you just listen to these sound bites, you’ll gather opinions about stuff that’s not true.”

Jussie, who is set to be arraigned on February 24, faces up to three years in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors had previously dropped all 16 charges against him in March of last year.


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